April 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

The April issue of The American Philatelist is online for APS members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

World War I by Ed Dubin and Al Kugel. April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States officially joining the Allied forces of World War I. Dozens of philatelic objects tell the tale of Americans’ involvement before the war, on the home front, on the battle lines, and after the Armistice.

Philately and Philanthropy — The American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library present their special annual section thanking donors for their many appreciated contributions in 2016.

Stamp Classics. El Salvador’s Iconic Volcano Stamps by Joseph Iredale. A volcano appears on the first stamps of El Salvador; but which peak is it? Look closely at these four stamps and you’ll see a creative design element.
Collecting Coast to Coast. Diving in the Philatelic Backwaters by Wayne L. Youngblood. Some curious-looking cancellations were administered by devices and in ways we can figure out; some of the back stories remain a mystery.

Expertizing. Upon Further Review by Mercer Bristow. When examining stamps, the APS expertizing committee will work with clients to fill in some gaps not covered by the certificate.

Worldwide in a Nutshell. Bahawalpur by Bob Lamb. Known as a Princely State, Bahawalpur was settled in the 18th century and issued its first stamp under the authority of the Pakistani Post Office after Pakistan and India separated in 1947.

Mississippi Statehood Stamp March 31

Mississippi Statehood
Mississippi Statehood

The United States Postal Service will honor the 200th anniversary of Mississippi Statehood with a new commemorative forever stamp being issued March 31 in Gulfport, Mississippi and nationwide.

Details on the ceremony in Gulfport and additional information on the stamp are provided in the USPS press release below.

[USPS Press Release]

Postal Service Saluting 200th Anniversary of Mississippi Statehood
New Forever Stamp Debuts at South Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration

What: The U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state on December 10, 1817. The Mississippi Statehood Forever stamp features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music.

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Protect Pollinators Stamps at APS StampShow in Richmond

The United States Postal Service announced in mid-March that it will issue the Protect Pollinators commemorative forever stamps August 3 in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony for the stamps will take place during the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow. An exact time for the ceremony has not been determined.

The five stamps, to debut nationwide the same day, will be sold in a pane of 20 format with decorative selvage. Nearby is a preliminary image of the pane layout.

Here are some additional details about the stamp issue from the U.S. Postal Service:

Protect Pollinators
Protect Pollinators

Protect Pollinators
This stamp pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America. These particular species exemplify the ecological service provided by all pollinators, which include other insects, birds, and bats. Crop pollination by insects contributes approximately $15 billion of produce to the U.S. economy each year. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators are helped by planting pollinator gardens with native flowers or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp pane with existing photographs.

Depression-Era Poster Art Featured on New U.S. Stamps

Striking imagery from Depression-era posters are featured on 10 new U.S. forever stamps formally issued today, March 7, in a first-day ceremony at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. The stamps were produced in double-sided panes of 20 (convertible booklet format).

The posters depicted on the stamps were created by artists employed by the Work Projects Administration’s Federal Art Project’s Poster Division and created to support the civic-minded ideals of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

WPA Posters
WPA Posters

“It is undeniable that Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the importance of visual design and how it could communicate powerful messages of optimism, hope and perseverance,” Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan, who dedicated the stamps. “It is also fitting that these WPA posters are being memorialized on postage stamps, because President Roosevelt had a lifelong fascination with stamps as artwork.”

Brennan was joined at the stamp dedication ceremony by Paul Sparrow, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; Anthony Musso, author and historian; and David B. Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

“These stamps commemorate the work of my grandfather’s most ambitious New Deal program and the artwork generated from the WPA artists,” said Roosevelt. “Much of the artwork adorned public buildings built by WPA employees.”

The stamps feature 10 illustrative posters from the Library of Congress collection.

Formed in 1935 as the Works Progress Administration — renamed Work Projects Administration in 1939 — the WPA provided millions of jobs during the Great Depression. Lasting until 1943, the WPA’s Federal Art Program’s Poster Division was absorbed into World War II programs.

Antonio Alcalá served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with Maribel O. Gray.

Nebraska Stamp Debuts March 1 on Statehood Day

Nebraska Statehood
Nebraska Statehood

The United States Nebraska Sesquicentennial stamp debuts tomorrow, March 1, nationwide. A first-day ceremony will take place at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln.

A list of event participants and additional information on the new commemorative stamp is provided below.

[USPS media advisory]

Forever Stamp Celebrating Nebraska Sesquicentennial to Debut March 1; Nebraska Photographer to Provide Backstory on Stamp Photo at Event

WHAT: First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp celebrating the state’s sesquicentennial (150th birthday).  At the event, native Nebraskan photographer Michael Forsberg  will discuss the perseverance involved in capturing this photo of Sandhill Cranes migrating along the Platte River. This event is free and open to the public. The stamp goes on sale at Nebraska Post Offices March 1 and may be pre-ordered now at usps.com for delivery shortly after March 1.

WHO: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Nebraska First Lady Susanne Shore
Stamp Photographer and Nebraska Native Michael Forsberg
Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission Chairperson Dr. Sara Crook
U.S. Postal Service Information Technology Vice President and Nebraska Native Jeffrey Johnson

WHEN: Wed., March 1 at 9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Nebraska State Capitol
Second Floor Rotunda
1445 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508
The public may RVSP online at usps.com/nebraska

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood with a Forever Stamp. Known for its agricultural bounty, the Cornhusker State became the 37th state of the Union March 1, 1867. The Postal Service traditionally issues commemorative postage stamps at intervals of 50 years from the date of a state’s first entry into the Union.

Forsberg tucked himself among prairie grasses on the riverbank between the cities of Grand Island and Kearney, NE, to capture the stamp image. His photo depicts Sandhill Cranes flying low as they scout for sandbars for nighttime roosts that offer safety from riverbank predators. Annually, more than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes make a stop along the Platte River valley in March and early April for a mid-migratory rest. The timeless spectacle is unique to Nebraska.